Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration


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• Outdoor Recreation & Camp Administration • Event Planning & Management
• Leisure Services Management • Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery
• Natural Resources Recreation Management
• Therapeutic Recreation • Tourism Management • General


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Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration


In a world characterized by new technologies and rapidly changing human needs, the recreation and parks profession is being challenged to provide more opportunities for meaningful leisure experiences.

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) meets this challenge through a multifaceted curriculum, innovative instructional techniques, and professional learning experiences designed to prepare students for leadership roles in a variety of professional settings.

Established in 1968 as the Department of Recreation and Park Administration and renamed the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration in 1989, the Department has been preparing students to enter the leisure services field for over 40 years. More than 3,000 students have graduated from the Department, which has been continuously accredited by the Joint Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association and American Association for Leisure and Recreation; and the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Related Professions since October 13, 1978.

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As the Western Illinois University Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration program begins celebrating 50 years of academic excellence, a full schedule of events is planned around the state to commemorate a rich history of providing a world class education to our students. Faculty and staff, students, alumni and friends will have numerous opportunities to join in marking the growth of the RPTA program and looking forward to future educational opportunities.